MPs have requested that the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD) issue clear guidelines to teachers and parents on how to handle student assignments under the Competency-Based Curriculum (CBC).
During a two-day retreat in Naivasha, MPs from the Education and Research Committee noted that many issues have been raised by parents regarding the implementation of the CBC, with some portraying the curriculum as expensive.
Following the negative reactions, the committee chaired by Busia Woman representative Florence Mutua stated that KICD needs to scale-up response mechanisms to positively influence public perceptions of CBC.The committee warned that if the issues raised by stakeholders are not addressed in a timely manner, the benefits of implementing CBC may be jeopardized.
Homework is at the top of the list of issues that MPs want addressed, as parents have complained about the burden they face with their children.
Following the recommendations in the KICD needs assessment, the parental engagement component was implemented in all learning areas. Following that, the institute developed guidelines for its implementation, which appear to have been largely ignored.
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